Should Cloud Storage Scare Your IT Guy
By John Dodge for Enterprise CIO Forum
CIOs, gigabytes of free cloud space is what you are up against.
I could not help think as I read the Boston Globe’s tech guru Hiawatha Bray’s article about cloud services for consumers. No, these are not highly-secured private clouds that many enterprises want, but they are the clouds the end users turn to when IT lets them down. They are becoming household names: DropBox, Box, Cubby, Skydrive from Microsoft and a rumored product called Drive with 5 gigbytes of free cloud from Google. And 10 free GB is not unusual.
Let me give it to you straight from DropBox’s media page: “Over 45 Million Users Saving One Billion Files Every Three Days.”
Talk about consumerization of IT! That should scare the pants off any data center admin and CIO. And those charged with security.
Excerpt appears with permission from John Dodge.
About John Dodge
John Dodge is an award-winning journalist and newspaperman, who has covered technology and business since 1980. He spent 16 years at PC Week (now eWeek) as news editor and editor and several years as editor-in-chief of engineering magazines EDN and Design News. His personal blog is The Dodge Retort. John Dodge is presently the community manager at enterpriseCIOForum.com, an online community for CIOs sponsored by Hewlett Packard and produced by IDG.